Amerian Foursquare Kitchen Remodel

The American Foursquare House Updating our old foursquare kitchen ended up being a lot more work than I initially thought it would be. While the craftsmanship of the house is impressive, the plumbing, electrical, and accessories of the house were downright hazardous. We had schedule 40 PVC pipe supplying water to the sink (even hot …

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Maple Sap

DIY Maple Syrup from Maple Sap

Tapping sugar maple trees is one of the first signs of spring. Maple syrup season starts when daytime temperatures climb to 35 degrees or more, and nighttime temperatures drop below freezing. (For our area this begins in late February to early March.) This temperature swing encourages the flow of sap from the roots through the …

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DIY Mudroom Bench

Building a DIY mudroom bench was the first upgrade to our breezeway addition that we tackled. We were lucky enough to have the space to build 2 benches, one intended for my husband and I, the other for the kids. We also wanted a shelf above the benches for hats, gloves, sunglasses, and other miscellaneous …

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Cheap Farmhouse Tools

Essential Tools for the Frugal Homesteader

Homesteading is a lot easier with the right tools. We’ve composed a list of inexpensive tools that have helped us save time and energy. The average American can benefit from these tools, you don’t need a farmhouse to appreciate these tools!